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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-26-2015, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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So, does kibble do anything to help their teeth?

Zoe has been on wet food for like, two years now.
Getting her teeth brushed every morning, but she's got some plaque build up and I'm going to take her in in a couple weeks to get her teeth cleaned by the vet.
My vet gave me some kibble she said would help her teeth if she got 1/8 cup a day in addition to her normal wet food.
But...my previous vet said kibble does nothing to help their teeth.

What's the truth? Is this vet just trying to sell me food?


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*IF* the kibble is designed for tooth help then perhaps. They make the kibbles bigger that require them to break them up and I believe they make them harder (crunchier)...

Imo it's not worth the dangers and dehydration that dry poses to cats. Better to schedule periodic cleanings with the vet and keep them on canned.
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I think the kibbles that are actually designed to clean teeth do have some effect. The kibbles are so large that the cats must chew, unlike with normal kibble that they mainly swallow whole. I'm still not sure if they get up at the gum line though.

You might be better off buying a water additive or rubbing some petzlife gel on her teeth a few times a week in addition to your daily brushing.
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We got the gel actually for our puppies!
I'll see how she takes a bit of it tomorrow morning I guess o-o
It says to withhold food for at least half hour, so as long as I do it before 7:30 she'll have time.


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I don't know about kibble in general, but Hills/Science Diet makes a dental food called TD that isn't bad. We've been buying it for a while now and it does seem to keep the tartar at bay to some degree. We just put down about a dozen pieces at a time (the individual kibbles are quite big) in addition to their normal dry food.
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The dangers and negative health effects of kibble, in the long run, outweigh ANY possible "dental" effects they may have. Over my months of research on a raw diet for my elderly cat, I read many studies that indicated that many vets' offices are funded by Science Diet/Hills/other pet food companies and the vets make commission money off of selling their foods. So yes, most vets are heavily biased towards pressing kibble onto pet owners.

IMO, it's better to subject a kitty to routine dental cleanings than risk their health on kibble.


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I'd be risking my own health if I tried to brush my big male cat's teeth. He has big fangs and loves to practice using them on all sorts of things - everything from chunks of cardboard in the recycling bin to mice that our female cat brings in from the garden.
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Only one of mine has had this problem and I don't like dry food as a main diet (although they all get a bit in the wider pattern). This is going to sound odd and I will probably be shot down in flames (I do know dog stuff isn't good for cats) but I have taken to giving her half a dog treat every day and she loves them and really crunches them and it seems to have cured the problem.
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Yeah I actually watched her with this kibble the vet gave us, and she doesn't even chew it at all, she swallows the bits whole.
So, definitely not buying it for her as a staple food. She can have bits of it as a treat like with all her other bits of dried treats since it was a sample anyway, I'm not out any money.
(Though give Zoe the choice and she'll happily scarf down the whole container of bonito flakes, she prefers that treat)


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This is going to sound odd and I will probably be shot down in flames (I do know dog stuff isn't good for cats) but I have taken to giving her half a dog treat every day and she loves them and really crunches them and it seems to have cured the problem.
The vast majority of high end dog treats are perfectly fine for cats. Don't think they'll really help the teeth (unless it's a dental treat). I give Holly dog treats and Jake cat treats all the time. Just easier grabbing one bag....

It's dog food that shouldn't be fed to a cat for a significant length of time because cats require a higher level of most nutritional components. And dog food can contain some low levels of ingredients that are really bad for cats, like garlic.


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